The Converge Challenge second place prize was awarded to Dr Holly Butler of University of Strathclyde with ClinSpec Dx, a simple blood test that can detect brain tumours allowing rapid diagnosis. The winners were announced at the Converge Challenge awards ceremony on Thursday, 28th September 2017, where an increased prize fund of £170,000 of cash and in kind prizes were awarded to Scotland’s best and brightest ideas. ClinSpec Dx take home a total prize fund of £42,000, including £25,000 in cash and £17,000 in business support.
Converge Challenge is Scotland’s leading company creation competition and entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish universities and Research institutes. More than 200 of Scotland’s most successful and respected business and entrepreneurial leaders attended the event at the dynamic Glasgow Science Centre and speakers on the night included: First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP; Bob Keiller CBE; Professor Sally Mapstone; and David Sibbald OBE.